Warrington and Halton Hospitals

Midwife receives honour


A midwife from Warrington has received a national honour from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for her contribution to midwifery.

 Dr Tracey Cooper has received a prestigious Fellowship from the RCM. Tracy is Head of Midwifery at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

With more than 25 years midwifery experience working across all areas of midwifery and in many different birth settings, her many other achievements include her commitment to midwifery led care. She has developed and set up midwifery led units, both alongside and freestanding in the North West and West Midlands.

Tracey also makes significant and important contributions to the professional lives of midwives across the UK. She contributes to guidance and professional policy locally and nationally.  She also contributes to national guidance for maternity services including work on care for high risk women, and birth standards for healthy women and babies. 

She is also a Care Quality Commission specialist advisor and sits on the British Journal of Midwifery editorial board. Tracey also uses her skills and knowledge internationally. She has been working to assist midwives in Bulgaria to develop midwifery led services in the country, where maternity services have traditionally been led by doctors.

Tracey also gained a PhD in 2011 at University of Central Lancashire, looking at Women and Midwives Perceptions of the Midwife’s Role.

She received the Fellowship yesterday at the Royal College of Midwives Zepherina Veitch Memorial Lecture in Oxford.

Dr Tracey Cooper said: “I have always tried to ensure all women have the best childbirth experience possible, which has been my motivation for developing services and supporting midwives give high quality care in all settings. I am thrilled and honoured that the RCM has recognised my contribution to supporting my profession and maternity services"

Professor Lesley Page, President of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "The Royal College of Midwives is delighted to award Tracey this Fellowship. Her contribution to the professional life of the midwives in the UK and abroad cannot be underestimated. Her passion and dedication are a lesson and example for us all.”

For more information on the RCM Fellowship see https://www.rcm.org.uk/about/who-we-are/outstanding-people.

 To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456, or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.

Published: 08/06/2017

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